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SEI ranked world’s top environment policy think tank

Posted on 31 January 2020

SEI is ranked as the world’s top think tank on environmental policy issues in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2019 Global Go To Think Tanks Index, billed as the “premier database and measure of world think tanks”.

For the ninth year in a row, SEI has been ranked among the top think tanks in the world working on environment policy and practice.

The index is based on a survey of thousands of journalists, policy-makers, donors and topic and regional specialists around the globe, using a detailed list of criteria including leadership and staff; quality and reputation of the research produced; policy impact and recognition; convening power; innovation; inclusiveness; and communications.

From a pool of 8,248 think tanks, the index produces rankings by region and expertise. There is also a section on the most significant think tank publications, in which SEI’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals is featured.

SEI York's Acting Centre Director, Chris West, said: "Rising back up to the top of the ranking in the think tank index is testament to the rigorous and impactful research and engagement being conducted across SEI. I am proud of the excellent work of SEI York colleagues in contributing to this ranking and more broadly to SEI's mission, which remains absolutely critical to global sustainable development."

And Professor Roland Gehrels, Head of the Department of Environment and Geography, said: "This is splendid news for the University of York and the Department of Environment and Geography, the academic home for SEI York. We are proud of our staff and the difference they make through their environmental research. Their work has a real impact on society because SEI bring the science to policy makers.

"The recognition as the number one environmental think tank in the world is a well-deserved award and we raise a glass to our colleagues at SEI!"

SEI's Deputy Director and Research Director, Åsa Persson, said the think tank ranking is a validation of SEI’s core approach.

"On one hand, we function as a think tank, working closely with policy-makers and development practitioners, and engaging with industry and financial actors," she said. "But in every case, we ground our engagement in our own rigorous scientific research. That combination adds real value in supporting policy for sustainable development."

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